Minister Calls For Concerted Effort To Reduce HIV Prevalence

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World AIDS Day 2015, Sunyani

The Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku has expressed concern about the surge in the HIV/AIDS prevalence in the Region.

He called for pragmatic measures by the major stakeholders to deal with the menace in order not to erode the gains made over the years.

Mr Eric Opoku was speaking at a national durbar to mark this year’s World AIDS Day which was held for the first time in the Brong-Ahafo Regional Capital, Sunyani.

The celebration which was under the theme “Fast Track: Meeting the Health Needs of Children Towards an HIV Free Generation”, brought together the Chief of Staff, Mr Julius Debrah, the Chairperson of the Council of State, Madam Cecilia Johnson, the Deputy Minister of Health, Victor Asare Bampoe, Civil Society Groups, Traditional Authorities and representatives from the Ghana AIDS Commission.

Mr Julius Debrah, who deputised for the President John Dramani Mahama commended the various stakeholders in the fight against AIDS for their collective efforts which resulted in the drop in Ghana’s HIV prevalence from 3.6 in 2003 to 1.4 last year.

Madam Cecilia Johnson, the Council of Sate Chairperson disclosed that, Ghana will soon launch a project dubbed “Getting Everybody Tested” for AIDS as part of the strategic plan from 2016 to 2020.

The Deputy Health Minister, Victor Asare Bampoe lauded Ghana’s development partners for supporting the nation to maintain adequate medical supplies particularly drugs for Persons Living With HIV, when fire destroyed the Central Medical Stores.

The durbar was preceded by a procession through the principal streets of Sunyani by school children and health personnel.

There was a free HIV Testing and Counselling, screening on breast and cervical cancer as well as the distribution of condoms and HIV materials.